What is the cost of wiring a 1000 sq ft building?

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Posted by: from Barrys Bay
12/9/2015 at 7:19:27 PM

We bought a cottage in Ontario, Canada, and have completely gutted it. Now we need to do the electrical and want to know approximately what we would be looking at in cost. We are hoping to put in 200 amp for a 1000 sq ft building. A new electrical box will also be needed.

Thank you

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Mirek from Mirek Electric in Mississauga
Date/Time12/9/2015 at 8:04:31 PM

Hi there,

You looking at roughly $10000 to $14000 depending what needs to be done.

Mirek Electric

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Date/Time12/9/2015 at 8:43:58 PM

Basic rough in no pots, overhead service, no baseboard heaters. Water access or road?


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Robert from Electrilight Ltd. in Oakville
Date/Time12/9/2015 at 9:00:56 PM

The prices provided give a very general pricing range as most contractors will work with customers to find their budget and desires. We all must conform to OESC with bare minimum items and have the ESA do their inspections, but you should provide info on heating, entire space (garage, out buildings, crawl, basement), lighting, ceiling heights, basic budget, gas or electric appliances, underground or overhead entrance, hydro poles may be required (but assuming you gutted, there should be incoming power available already), but upgrading to 200 amp may not be an option depending on location. So an estimate from $10k to $20k could be needed but greatly depends on your needs over code minimum, 10 pot lights replacing 1 ceiling fixture gets expensive fast. Most important, hire a Licensed Electrical Contractor.

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Richard from RCF Electrical Inc in Woodbridge
Date/Time12/10/2015 at 5:58:21 AM

Hello there,

The service it self, any where 1700-2800. Depending. Another 2000-3000 for the rest of the cottage.

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Date/Time12/10/2015 at 8:19:11 AM

A lot of good information from the trades, a rough estimate is in the $8000 range.

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Elizabeth in Barrys Bay
Date/Time12/10/2015 at 10:07:15 AM

Thanks all for your input. Just a bit more info, we are not putting in pot lights, no washer/dryer, rest of appliances are electric. All of the insulation is removed so there are no obstructions, new foundation with a 5.5 foot ceiling. We are having a propane furnace installed this week but no duct work till next spring.

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Robert from Electrilight Ltd. in Oakville
Date/Time12/10/2015 at 4:41:49 PM

judging now by your location, it is hard to compare prices from the GTA contractors to your locality as I am sure the cost of living is much lower than it is here, so your local electrical contractor might be a bit cheaper than the quoted prices. BUT, you get what you pay for sometimes. Get 2-3 contractors in to offer written quotes with detailed items. be prepared to keep an extra $1000-$2000 for surprises and forgotten items, like dimmers, LED bulbs, under cabinet lighting, xmas lighting power in soffits, etc, etc.

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Date/Time12/10/2015 at 4:46:12 PM

This should come in around the 10k range.

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Date/Time12/12/2015 at 10:59:00 AM

With the new codes for today, I don't think that there are too many prices that are out of range that have been posted. As Robert stated, we all have to do a minimum OESC installation. From that point the price increases; additional receptacles, lights, circuits, etc all start to add up. The other factor is your location, Barry's Bay is near the park so I am not sure what LEC are near there (Pembrooke is likely the closest), so there may be travel costs, lodgings etc. Inspection fees and schedule may be different there also.

Be sure to get at least three LECs in to look or provide a floorplan for them to estimate on. Inquire what the quality of materials will be used. Get a base price for an OESC install then a price per receptacle / switch / light over and above that.


John Kuehnl-Cadwell

Master Electrician

Datawise Solutions Inc

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